Friday, May 10, 2013

No Hawking Hoax, But Moral Cowardice

 The Hawking Hoax: May 9, 2013, 1:52 am


The decision by Hawking to cancel the event in Israel, which is sponsored by Simon Peres, was initially blamed on health reasons by Cambridge University. But in his letter to Peres and event organizers, Hawking made clear he was boycotting over what he considers Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.
I accepted the invitation to the Presidential Conference with the intention that this would not only allow me to express my opinion on the prospects for a peace settlement, but also because it would allow me to lecture on the West Bank. However, I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference. Had I attended, I would have stated my opinion that the policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster.
It has once again been proven that intelligence should not be confused with wisdom. Nor is it a guarantee for moral courage.